Never dealt with people like this before and hope never have to again.
It may be that the agent or the client is simply unaware of these guidelines.
Ask them to leave it unless it has sentimental value to them. If it does, I imagine you do not want to deprive them of a treasured belonging, but you deserve to be compensated for it. Whatever it is valued out, minus the $40 replacement should be credited to you at settlement.
Do NOT settle until you get it in writing signed by all parties and YES, ask for the receipt so you can return the builder-grade fixture.
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I would suggest not allowing them to buy or install any fixtures but rather that you negotiate a cash settlement (to be paid as closing costs). This way you may buy whatever you like and have it installed by whomever you like and get any warranty that may apply.
Good Luck and I hope you enjoy your new home.
I certainly understand your frustration with something like this. Any personal property that is attached to the home is part of the sale, unless specifically noted in the purchase agreements. Please take a look at your contracts to find out where you stand with this, or any other features in the home.
When situations like this occur, you have to ask yourself if it's worth the expense and frustration of making an issue of it, or just going out and purchasing your own chandelier.
You do have a final "walk-through" and I would take your agent and carefully look at every fixture in the house. The final sale can be made contingent upon the final walk through of the home.
I don't see why you couldn't ask for that warranty information or receipt if that will keep the sellers from having to re-install the old fixture you thought was included.
Best of luck Helaurin!